Category: Home Office & Productivity

Learn How to Stop Robocalls and Texts

Stop robocalls and texts

Do you want to know how to stop robocalls and texts? Whether it’s a mobile phone or land line, you’ve probably answered a call that’s an unwanted sales pitch or recorded message. There are laws against unwanted calls and text messages, but marketers and scam artists find ways to get around the rules faster than they can be updated. What you should know about robocalls and texts Not all robocalls are illegal. For instance, market research or polling calls to home land lines are not restricted by FCC rules. Calls on behalf of non-profit groups and calls informing you of things like school closings or flight information are allowed without consent. With a few exceptions auto-dialed or prerecorded calls to wireless phones are prohibited without prior consent. Emergency calls regarding danger to life or safety are allowed. What you can do to limit or stop robocalls and texts Visit the FCC guide for the latest tips on how to stop unwanted robocalls and texts. Register with the U.S. government Do Not Call List. If the caller is a real person ask them to add you to their “do not call” list before hanging up. Don’t interact with robocalls. Hang up. […]

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Keep Your Personal Records Safe in Case of Emergency

Better safe than sorry! Matters of Fact personal records keeper safeguards things the family should know in “the cloud.” Encrypted and password protected, it’s both printable and accessible anywhere there’s internet access. You can share access with a loved one if you choose. In case of a fire or natural disaster, imagine the household records you could lose if stored at home in file cabinets. Recently a friend  reached out to me for help with just such a situation. A fire had devastated the family home. Tragically, her father died in the fire. My friend is faced with reconstructing her father’s personal and household information, all the while dealing with the emotional trauma of his death. Insurance, contact info for lawyers, investment advisors, stockbrokers, bank accounts, real estate owned, business interests, wills and last wishes. These are just a few of the details she will need in order to get through this difficult time. Most people don’t relish keeping detailed records, but Matters of Fact makes it as simple as possible. After entering your info the first time, it takes just a few minutes to update it once a year. I like to update mine in January and keep a […]

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Keeping Personal Records Safe

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The importance of keeping personal records in a safe place has never been so evident. Keeping personal records may not be one of your favorite things to do, but there are useful tools to help you get started. After that it only takes a few minutes to update details as they change. As I write, more than 170 ,000 acres & 3,500 homes and businesses have burned in California’s Napa and Sonoma counties. There is no end in sight. Recent natural disasters remind me how important it is to keep copies of personal records somewhere outside the home. You can keep records in a safe deposit box at home or in a bank, but even they can burn or flood. Therefore personal record keeping is a great use of the internet. Matters of Fact personal record keeper keeps things the family should know in “the cloud.” Vital information is password protected & encrypted. At the same time records are protected from fire, flood, prying eyes & computer failure. You can print a copy for desk-side reference. In an emergency all you need is a smart phone to access your records online. You can share access with a loved one if […]

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